Social phobia can have a devastating impact on your quality of life. The anxiety caused by social phobia stops people from socializing, interferes with success at school and work, and forces them to lead an isolated life. The board-certified psychiatrists at Serenity Mental Health Centers have extensive experience helping people overcome social phobia using traditional therapies, medications, and innovative solutions such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). They have locations in the Biltmore, Desert Ridge, and Chandler area of Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona; Lehi and Holladay, Utah; and Lakewood and Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, is defined by intense fear and anxiety occurring during social situations. The situation could involve meeting unfamiliar people, being in public places where others will observe you, or in a position where you must perform in front of others.
People who have social phobia worry they will act inappropriately or behave in a way that reveals their anxiety. They fear being embarrassed, humiliated, or rejected. If you have a social phobia, you may also worry that you might offend others or they will negatively judge you.
Because of these feelings, the mere thought of going to a social event triggers extreme fear and anxiety. As a result, people with social phobia diligently avoid social opportunities.
The fear and anxiety caused by social phobia take a significant toll on your ability to function in daily life. For example, adults may turn down a job, children may fail at school, and teens might resort to substance abuse. Those with social phobia often become isolated and miss out on friendships.
In addition to making you avoid social activities, social phobia causes reactions such as:
Feeling your mind is blank
Inability to make eye contact
Children generally show social phobia through behaviors such as crying, temper tantrums, and clinging to their parents. Depending on the severity of your social phobia, the thought of or entering a social situation may trigger a panic attack.
The first step toward treatment for social phobia is scheduling an appointment at Serenity Mental Health Centers for a psychological evaluation and diagnosis.
After your psychiatrist confirms you have social phobia, your treatment usually begins with psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, or in some cases, both.
Your psychiatrist may recommend transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) or ketamine infusions if your symptoms don’t improve despite treatment. Both treatments directly target brain chemicals associated with social anxiety and restore balance, but they do it in different ways.
TMS uses magnetic impulses to stimulate nerve activity in your brain, while ketamine is a medication that affects brain chemicals. These treatments typically produce rapid results. After a few TMS sessions, you often feel much better, while one ketamine infusion can improve your symptoms in hours.
You can overcome social phobia with treatment at Serenity Mental Health Centers. Call or request an appointment online today.